Obama says US, Ireland have 'blood link'
President to visit family's ancestral home before traveling to Britain,
France and Poland
Associated Press May 23, 10:47 AM EDT
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DUBLIN (AP) — President Barack Obama paid a
joyful visit Monday to the small Irish village where his great-great-great
grandfather once lived and worked as a shoemaker, an improbable and memorable
pilgrimage for America's first black president into his Irish past.
(ap) - The only "improbable" thing is White
Liberal's inability to see ♣O'bama♣
as half White... Which he is... Hell!, he's more White than he is Black. His
Father was 1/2 African and 1/2 Arab... True story. So in reality he's only
Quarterfican American, yet his Irish HALF, his White Mother and her White
Parents who raised Barry in the Island Paradise of Hawaii where he was
Prep-Schooled is only brought up when it's convenient politically. Apparently he
is going to run to the White in 2012... Should be interesting. Seriously, I've
had a Blacker Experience than Barry. - tha malcontent)
Along with first lady Michelle Obama, the president walked the thronged Main
Street of quaint Moneygall, where his ancestor on his Kansas-born mother's side,
Falmouth Kearney, lived until leaving for the United States in 1850 at the
height of Ireland's Great Famine. Obama's roots in the town were discovered
during the 2008 presidential campaign.
("where his ancestor on his Kansas-born mother's
side..." You know, that side the Left Ignores because he can't be White. As for
the AP's "roots" reference... That's funny right there. - tha malcontent)
The president raised a pint of Guinness in Ollie's Bar, held up a baby and shook
innumerable hands. He took a look at Kearney's baptism records — the documents
that established his connection to the town — and even got to meet, hug and
drink with a distant family member: Henry Healy, a 26-year-old accountant for a
(He touched a Ginger Spawn and drank beer he would
never normally drink?... What's he running for, Office in Ireland? - tha
For the president, it was a quick detour from Dublin on day one of a six-day,
four-country European tour that will involve working with allies on knotty
problems of war, peace and economic growth.
(Barry Hussein Obama: The European Tour 2011!... Tiresome. I wonder how much he
will promise them in the form of US Taxpayer Dollars this time? - tha
Monday, though, was about a colorful journey into a part of the president's
ancestry he hasn't fully explored, and that many Americans might not even know
about. Obama sought to change that as he endeared himself to the Irish populace,
and in turn perhaps to millions of Irish American voters in the U.S.
(Not just Irish Voters... WHITE Voters... This is
sad... - tha malcontent)
"For the United States, Ireland carries a blood link with us," Obama told
Ireland's prime minister, Enda Kenny, in Dublin, before setting out by
helicopter for the 90-mile journey southwest to Moneygall.
(What country doesn't carry a blood link with this
melting pot?... - tha malcontent)
The first couple spent extended time greeting Moneygall residents who had
withstood soaking rain earlier to see them. The thrilled villagers responded by
waving American and Irish flags and breaking into periodic cries of "Obama!
(Really?... They were chanting "Obama! Obama!" in
Ireland?... If you doubt this was Scripted and Staged... Well. - tha malcontent)
Both of the Obamas stretched to shake seemingly every hand they could reach.
"Absolutely fabulous," said Ann McCormack, a 39-year-old housewife said after
shaking Obama's hand. She said the town will be talking about this day forever.
"We'll take it to our grave," she said.
Residents in the village of about 350 had been eagerly anticipating Obama's
arrival, applying fresh coats of paint to their homes, patching up the sidewalks
and hurriedly building a coffee shop called — what else? — Obama Café.
Time for a Guinness
Guinness last week delivered a specially brewed keg of stout to be poured the
moment Obama walked through the door of Ollie's Bar, which sports a bronze bust
and life-size photo cutout of the president.
The president told those invited in the pub that the Irish have had a powerful
impact on American culture, and he spoke of the warmth and friendship between
the peoples of Ireland and the United States. Obama spoke affectionately about
his ancestral ties to country.
(Such a powerful impact that Barry all but ignores
that half his Ancestry is Irish... Until it's politically expedient. - tha
And "with that," he declared with eagerness, it was time for a pint.
On the bar, a Guinness was already lined up and waiting for him.
"You tell me when it's properly settled. I don't want to mess this up," Obama
told the bartender. "I want to get it perfect."
(Puke. - tha malcontent)
Then he raised the glass to a huge whoop of cheers, and took a big sip to more
applause. "I realized it tastes so much better here than it does in the states,"
he said to laughter. "What I realized was that you guys, you're keeping all the
best stuff here. "
Then it was back into the street for more handshakes and cheering. From there
Obama was headed back to Dublin to deliver an open-air speech at College Green,
the same spot in the center of the city where Clinton drew a massive crowd for a
speech during his 1995 trip to Ireland.
'Ireland carries a blood link with us'
(And again... What country doesn't? - tha
Earlier, after traveling overnight from Washington aboard Air Force One, the
president and first lady Michelle Obama met Ireland's President Mary McAleese at
her official residence, and Obama participated in a tree planting ceremony as
children rang a peace bell marking the 10th anniversary of the Good Friday
(A peace bell for the American President who
Campaigned AGAINST Wars, yet expanded one and started another... And we still
have a while to go in his first term! - tha malcontent)
Obama then met the prime minister, Kenny, and told him: "The friendship and the
bonds between the United States and Ireland could not be stronger. Obviously, it
is not just a matter of strategic interest. It's not just a matter of foreign
policy. For the United States, Ireland carries a blood link with us."
The president, who has struggled very publicly in recent days with his own role
trying to broker peace between Israel and the Palestinians, also told Kenny "how
inspired we have been by the progress that's been made in Northern Ireland. It
speaks to the possibilities of peace, and people in longstanding struggles being
able to reimagine their relationships."
Obama's one-day visit to Ireland came just days after Britain's Queen Elizabeth
II visited the Emerald Isle, the first trip to Ireland by a British monarch in
about 100 years.
(The Rapper of American Presidents... Unoriginal
bastard. - tha malcontent)
The back-to-back visits have given the Irish a much-needed reason to celebrate
as they struggle to climb out of the financial hole created by the collapse of
the country's banks and housing market.
(If I lost my home and couldn't find a job in
Ireland, I sure know that Obama blessing me with his presence would turn my
frown upside down!... And Liberals believe this **** when they ink it. - tha
Gripped by debt, Ireland was forced to take a bailout from the European Union
and International Monetary Fund in November that could total $100 billion. The
rescue package came with stringent conditions that will lead the Irish to slash
25,000 jobs from the state payroll, leaving many in this country of 4.5 million
with deep uncertainty about their financial future.
After spending the night in Dublin, Obama heads to London for a two-day state
visit at the invitation of the queen. He'll then travel to Deauville, France, to
meet with the heads of leading industrial nations, before ending his Europe trip
with a visit to Poland, a strategically important Central European ally.
An overarching theme of Obama's trip — his eighth to Europe since taking office
— will be to reassure the region that it still has a central role in U.S.
foreign policy, even though Obama has put a premium on boosting U.S. relations
with Asia and emerging markets elsewhere in the world.
(He LOVES to take him some vacations. - tha malcontent)
The president is expected to emphasize the need for the U.S. and Europe to be in
lockstep against the backdrop of sweeping unrest in the Middle East and North
Africa, not only in the NATO-led bombing campaign in Libya, but also as
financial backers for countries in the region, like Tunisia and Egypt, that are
pressing forward with democratic transitions.
(And of course, he will continue to push to turn our
backs on Israel and favor the Terrorists in that region also. - tha malcontent)
Reuters and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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